Food recalls are becoming more commonplace – or even rising, according to new data. The Centers for Disease Control issued a report last week that said the government’s goals for decreasing the problem aren’t being met and that the number of Americans who fall ill to food-borne illnesses remained steady.
The one bright spot, if we can call it that, is that infections of E. coli O157, the strain involved in the Jack in the Box outbreak, fell slightly. Bill Marler, a lawyer who came to specialize in food safety cases after handling the Jack in the Box case, complimented the beef industry for the decline.
The industry did a “remarkable job” in cutting down on the bug, Marler said, thanks to a zero-tolerance policy and screening to keep the bacteria out of the food supply.
Still, that same report showed that there has been an increase in salmonella, listeria and campylobacter outbreaks, making some 48 million people sick last year. Salmonella and campylobacter are most often associated with poultry; listeria with produce.
We’re researching the meat industry’s response to these problems and we need your help. We would like to know if you’ve ever gotten sick because of bad meat -- or perhaps you’ve lived through this with a family member.